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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing visual effects, June 21, 2011
This review is from: How the Universe Works (DVD)
I saw the entire "How the Universe Works" series when it premiered on Science Channel in January and have been eagerly awaiting its DVD release ever since. The commentators are interesting-I especailly liked black hole hunter Dr. Andrea Ghez and "Bad Astronomer" himself,Dr. Phil Plait, and Mike Rowe's narration was well-done; but the visuals were the real star. To me, it felt like actually cruising through the universe in a spaceship. But, like almost every other show about supernovae, they get it wrong and have sound effects when stars explode. Remember the tagline for "Alien": In space, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM. :-)
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Initial post: Jun 28, 2011 5:50:02 PM PDT
Greg S says:
Hi, Does the standard def image fill a 16:9 screen... or is it surrounded by black bars (as the standard def version of The Universe is)? Thanks, Greg

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2011 6:49:00 PM PDT
Bob Short says:
Not sure, Greg. Hope it fills the entire screen. When I get it on DVD later this week, I will let you know. If not, I may have to break down & buy a Blu-Ray player. This should definitely be seen as big and hi-res as possible.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2011 4:03:49 AM PDT
Standard image fills a 16:9 screen.
However a 16:9 image has black bars in a standard def TV set.

Posted on Jul 4, 2011 9:36:50 AM PDT
Greg S says:
Hi Bob, Have you received the DVD? Does it fill a 16:9 screen? Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2011 4:37:27 PM PDT
Bob Short says:
Sorry to report it does not-black bars at top and bottom but it still looks amazing. I am going to check on a Blu-Ray player I guess.

Posted on May 13, 2012 8:28:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012 8:30:51 PM PDT
Steve says:
@Bob- Good review. I came here to check to see if the blu-ray came out yet. I was about to give up. Now it's here. SOLD! Just wanted to let you know there IS sound in space. "The Universe" aired season 7, episode 2 "Alien Sounds" on 5/5/12 for the first time on H2HD (History2). If you didn't see it, keep a look out for reruns....
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